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Morning Juice: Let's wish Bobby Cox a happy 2,000th Braves win

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This and every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Fulton County, Ga., where Bobby Cox has been Braves manager for 2,000 years victories.

Game of the Day:

Braves 7, Pirates 6 (15 inn.)

Too grand: Cox has been managing for what only seems like 2,000 years. His first Braves team in 1978 had guys such as Dale Murphy (at first base), Biff Pocoroba behind the plate, Sarge Matthews in right, Phil Niekro in the rotation and Cito Gaston on the bench.

Cox's first career victory — April 10 of '78 — came on a two-out, two-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth by Darrel Chaney. It took Cox a few moments to remember who Chaney was.

His 2,000th victory with Hotlanta came after a disputed play at the plate in a game that lasted 4 hours, 46 minutes. Cox said he couldn't remember the first nine innings of Monday's game, much less who Darrel Chaney was. As for the milestone? Meh.

"Zero. It's not a big deal at all," Cox said. "It's something you don't think about. All it means is you're getting old and you've been around a long time."

Oh, yeah? Well... watch us celebrate anyway!

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The winning play: Jack Wilson(notes) fielded David Ross'(notes) grounder deep in the hole and threw home for the force, but his throw pulled catcher Jason Jaramillo(notes) off the plate and Jeff Francoeur(notes) scored for the game-ender (VIDEO). Unfortunately, it's tough to tell from the angle MLB.com gives us if the call was right or wrong or indifferent.

It would have been poetry if the umpire called the guy out, prompting Cox to come out and argue and get thrown out, and then have the Braves win the game. Sorry, no poetry tonight.

McOutfielders: Reunited with, but against, his ex-teammates for the first time since the trade, Nate McLouth(notes) hit a homer, had three hits overall and a stole base. The guy who replaced him in Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen(notes), hit two triples and went 4-for-7.

Take a look at his life: Bobby is No. 4 all-time with 2,355 victories (lest we forget his tenure with the Blue Jays), he has 15 division titles, five pennants, four Manager of the Year Awards and a World Series championship.

And 143 career ejections. He also played two seasons with the Yankees back in the late '60s.

Yeah, he's seen a lot.

Feelin' Rundown (Bobby Cox managed to miss these games. Not us!):

Tigers 5, White Sox 4 (Game 1): More ineptitude on offense — the White Sox slipped to 2-for-44 (.045) with runners in scoring position in their past seven games — paved the way for Ozzie Guillen's first really good rant of the season:

"If this was the 1980s, [none] of these guys would be in the big leagues right now, because if you hit .210-.230 and you can't execute, I don't think you should be out here," Guillen said. "When you can't bunt, hit-and-run, squeeze and move the guy over, you better hit 40 home runs and drive in 140. [...]

"I talked to them: 'Good teams win games, horse [bleep] teams have meetings.' Well, I think we're at the point to have a lot of meetings."

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White Sox 6, Tigers 1 (Game 2): The boys in pinstripes must have appreciated the stern talking-to, because this was crisp and one-sided the other way. Interesting pitching matchup between Jeremy Bonderman(notes), who hadn't been seen since last year, and Jose Contreras(notes), who's probably old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Contreras, in his most recent last chance to keep his job, was vintage (as in 2005), allowing one hit over eight. He earned a big hug from Mr. Incredible Jim Thome(notes) (above). Bonderman, trying to come back from surgery to correct a condition that caused a blood clot in his pitching arm, still has more coming back to do. The White Sox hit him hard.

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Still no hits for Beckham (right), but at least he got to first base (via a walk).

Rockies 5, Cardinals 2: OK, now it's a sweep. The Rox outscored the Deadbirds a combined 33-9 and lost the lead in the series only once — during the first five innings of Sunday's game.

Jason Marquis(notes) takes the NL lead in victories (eight) and remains tied atop the league in Judaism. The former Redbird was nonplussed about beating his old team (one of them anyway) with whom he won 42 games from 2004-06 before striking oil with the Cubs.

"This is my fourth team so I've been through it enough to control the emotions," Marquis said. "But it still feels like I'm at home because I played here for so long and had good success."

Albert went 1-for-14 during the series, though the one was a homer and he did have the wack-a-doo two-run sac fly. He's not a machine, OK???

Hold it! Tony La Russa wants to say something.

"We're in a rut now and it could be that we're pressing," La Russa said. "The bullpen had some bad moments, starters had some bad moments. Offense. Defense. Manager."

Yankees 5, Rays 3: Not sure if you've heard, but new Yankee Stadium is addicted to home runs. They've hit 105 homers in 29 games there — a pace of 294 — compared to 160 last year at the old place. It's also a little off the record pace of 303 set at Coors in 1999. Hey, 303 is also Denver's main area code. Weird!

Most of the homers are hit to right field, prompting Rays manager Joe Maddon to say:

"I just think we didn't hit enough balls to right-center. There's a conveyor-belt effect out there," Maddon said. "It's kind of like a jet stream."

The Yanks conjured six hits, with four of them leaving the yard. They also have the AL's best record (34-23) heading into a series at Boston.

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Marlins 4, Giants 0: Left-hander Sean West(notes) stands 6-foot-8, making him the new tall kid on the block (NTKOTB). For six innings he had the right stuff and was hangin' tough with a no-hitter. He finished allowing two hits over eight for his first major league victory.

On the other side. Big Unit Johnson fears nothing with his 300th victory behind him. Sure, I'll start on three days rest to save Matt Cain(notes). Tomorrow, it will be two days rest to save Barry Zito(notes). Next week, he'll be hitting cleanup. In July, he'll take over for Bruce Bochy. Then Brian Sabean, then Gavin Newsom, then Arnold. It won't stop, can't you see that?

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 3: The Jays showed you can go on the road again, breaking their nine-game losing streak away from the Canadian comfort of Rogers Centre.

Adam Lind(notes), still no relation to Jose Lind, hit a pair of two-run homers against Feldman, from accounting. The Jays have won six of 10 since their May 19-27 trip from h-e double hockey sticks.

Just don't bother reminding Lind about it.

"That road trip was two weeks ago," Lind said. "It's not even in our memory anymore."

He remembers it was two weeks ago.

Padres 6, D-backs 3: They limited themselves to nine innings this time, thank the Lords of Kobol. And rather than limiting himself to just one inning, like the last time he started, Jake Peavy(notes) went seven.

Athletics 4, Twins 3: The A's clearly are the best last-place team in the majors, having won seven straight. And nobody can beat Out-man, who possesses superior pitching superpowers and the big socks to go with them.

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